Department/School Name: Library
Area of Specialization: Cataloging and Metadata
Rank of Appointment: Senior Assistant/Associate Librarian

The J. Paul Leonard Library at San Francisco State University offers an exciting opportunity for a tenure-track Cataloging and Metadata Librarian position at the rank of Senior Assistant or
Associate Librarian beginning July 2022 or sooner. We seek a colleague who will provide
leadership in the development, evaluation, and implementation of cataloging and metadata
policies, standards, procedures, and workflows, in coordination with a Head of Collection
Management Services & Scholarly Communication. We are especially interested in qualified
candidates with a demonstrated commitment to prioritizing access to a diverse user
population, especially for Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) and first-generation

The J. Paul Leonard Library at San Francisco State University seeks to empower our university
constituency with lifelong learning skills to identify, find, evaluate, use, and communicate
information in promotion of excellence in scholarship, knowledge, and understanding. We
support a diverse community of 30,000 students, faculty, and staff, and we are dedicated to
furthering educational equity through our information literacy and collections development
practices. Our collections include more than one million items in all formats, including an
extensive collection of online databases and full-text resources. Librarians have full faculty
status and are expected to meet faculty requirements for tenure and promotion. The library
faculty is committed to providing mentoring and support to tenure-track colleagues. The
successful candidate will play a key role in helping to shape the future of the library. Additional
information about the J. Paul Leonard Library is available at: 
The mission of San Francisco State University is to create and maintain an environment for
learning that promotes respect for and appreciation of scholarship, freedom, human diversity,
and the cultural mosaic of the City of San Francisco and the Bay Area; to promote excellence in
instruction and intellectual accomplishment; and to provide broadly accessible higher
education for residents of the region and state, as well as the nation and world. To fulfill its
mission, the University is committed to the following goals:

● Attracting, retaining and graduating a highly diverse student body
● Providing disciplinary and interdisciplinary liberal arts and professional education that is
academically rigorous and intellectually challenging
● Providing curricula that reflect all dimensions of human diversity, and that encourage
critical thinking and a commitment to social justice
● Recruiting, retaining and supporting a diverse faculty whose teaching demonstrates an
active engagement with their individual fields of study and whose creative and scholarly
work is an extension of the classroom, laboratory or studio
● Employing a staff and administration reflecting the diversity of our student community
and the values of the campus;
● Fostering a collegial and cooperative intellectual environment that includes recognition
and appreciation of differing viewpoints and promotes academic freedom within the
University community; and

● Serving the communities with which its students and faculty are engaged.

The Cataloging and Metadata Librarian will perform original cataloging and complex metadata
creation in multiple languages, formats, and time periods. The Cataloging and Metadata
Librarian will lead planning, evaluation, and implementation of metadata and cataloging
policies, standards, procedures, and workflows, as well as representing the library in
implementing CSU-wide consortial level cataloging policies and procedures such as those
related to the shared Ex Libris Alma/Primo Unified Library Management System (ULMS). The
person in this position will provide lead work to the Cataloging unit and will work closely with
the faculty and staff in the Collection Management Services & Scholarly Communication and
Special Collections & Archives divisions.

In addition, library faculty members are expected to develop an active ongoing scholarship
program or program of creative work in one’s area of specialty, and maintain ongoing
committee and service assignments.

● ALA-accredited Master’s degree in Library and Information Science or equivalent
● Minimum of one year of applied cataloging/metadata experience
● Demonstrated ability to work effectively and collegially with a diverse population of
colleagues and library stakeholders

 Demonstrated working knowledge of RDA, AACR2, DCRM(b), LCCS, LCSH, and MARC
formats and standards
 Experience cataloging using the OCLC bibliographic utility
 Experience using a library services platform, preferably Ex Libris’ Alma
 Demonstrated experience cataloging special collections materials, including rare books
and serials, ephemera, audiovisual materials, music, organizational records, and
manuscripts, in multiple languages, formats, and time periods
 Current awareness of new trends and emerging technologies in cataloging and technical
services, including critical perspectives on current and past cataloging and metadata
 Excellent analytical and pro-active problem solving, organizational, and project
management skills
 Ability to work independently and as a member or leader of a team
 Ability to adapt to rapid change and to exercise creativity and initiative
 Active involvement in professional development activities
 Demonstrated potential for meeting the requirements for tenure and promotion under
the library’s criteria for primary assignment, scholarship, and service
Rank and Salary: Senior Assistant or Associate Librarian. Salary commensurate with
qualifications and experience. The California State University provides generous health,
retirement, and other benefits.

Application Procedure
A complete online application must be submitted to receive consideration. To apply, please go
librarian to begin the application process and upload the following materials:

  1. Cover letter (relating your experience to the required qualifications)
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. An equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) statement of no more than 500 words that addresses
    your past contributions and/or future plans for contributing to equity and inclusion in a diverse
    academic environment, whether through your primary assignment, research and scholarship,
    or service. Framing this statement in relation to your understanding of barriers that exist for
    historically under-represented individuals in higher education and librarianship is encouraged.
  4. The names and contact information of three references. Letters of recommendation will be
    requested at a later date.
    Please direct all questions about the position to: Elizabeth Detrich, Library Personnel
    Coordinator, at
    Application review will begin March 31, 2022 and continue until filled.
    San Francisco State is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against
    persons on the basis of race, religion, color, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information,
    gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, National origin,
    sex, sexual orientation, covered veteran status, or any other protected status. Reasonable
    accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by
    contacting the Library Personnel Coordinator, Elizabeth Detrich, at or (415)
    Thank you for your interest in employment with California State University (CSU).  CSU is a state
    entity whose business operations reside within the State of California.  Because of this, CSU
    prohibits hiring employees to perform CSU-related work outside of California with very limited
    exceptions.  While this position may be eligible for occasional telework, all work is expected to
    be performed in the state of California, and this position is assigned to on-campus operations.